LAB for All caravan brings health, social services to Zambales 1st district residents

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE (PIA) — About 4,000 Zambales 1st district residents benefited from the LAB for All caravan that was held at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

First Lady Marie Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos leads a caravan of services to residents of the 1st district of Zambales. About 4,000 individuals benefit from the LAB for All caravan at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. (Liza Marcos FB page)

LAB stands for Laboratoryo at Gamot para sa Lahat, a one-stop caravan of government services initiated by First Lady  Marie Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the host local government unit, and the private sector.

In her message, Araneta-Marcos highlighted the administration’s commitment to bring government services closer to the people.

“If you notice, LAB for All program is not just about providing medical services. It’s about giving services from other government agencies,” she said.

Araneta-Marcos also expressed her gratitude to the government officials, private sector partners, healthcare workers, and volunteers for their hard work and commitment to the caravan.

For his part, DOH Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said LAB for All embodies the government’s commitment to making essential services accessible to all Filipinos.

“This underscores the administration’s dedication to improving the quality of life for every citizen by ensuring equitable access to health services tungo sa Bagong Pilipinas kung saan Bawat Buhay Mahalaga,” he pressed.

The LAB for All Caravan offered an extensive array of medical services including laboratory tests, dental care, ECGs, surgeries, obstetrics and gynecology, and ophthalmology.

Free medicines, health screenings, assessments, and pregnancy-related services were also provided.

56-year old Wilfredo Gallardo from Subic town expressed his gratitude for the free medical assistance and medicine for his hypertension that he received.

“Thank you very much to First Lady Liza Marcos and President Bongbong Marcos for helping the poor like us,” he said.

Meanwhile, DSWD gave cash assistance to about 2,300 residents under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.

DSWD Field Office III Social Worker Officer Reiner Grospe said recipients include those who are sick.

“After they got free consultation from the partner doctors of LAB for All, they were given financial assistance for their medical needs,” he added.

Apart from the cash assistance, beneficiaries also received family food packs.

SOURCE: Reia G. Pabelonia PIA3